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Noblemania.Author of publications for many ages, presenter, and pop music tradition archaeologist

Noblemania.Author of publications for many ages, presenter, and pop music tradition archaeologist

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Girl within the movie: “Jack & Diane” (1982)

The video: “Jack & Diane” by John Cougar (now John Mellencamp).

The girl-now-woman: Vicky Granucci.

Just exactly How old had been you when you starred in the “Jack & Diane” video clip?

Where had been you residing during the time?

John and I also lived in Bloomington, IN.

just How do you fulfill?

John and I also came across at my friend’s home and convinced her to invite me to dinner after he saw a photo of me. I was surprised when I realized I was on a blind date when I arrived at Dan Tana’s (restaurant) in Hollywood. We hit it off instantly.

Are you “Diane”?

Although a lot of individuals believe it is in regards to the two of us, Diane and Jack are fictional characters. ( exactly How funny could it be that when I have always been composing this, “Jack & Diane” arrived in the radio?)

Exactly just What music videos, shows, or movies, if any, had you starred in ahead of that?

In the belated ‘70s, We worked as an additional in a number of television shows, commercials, and movies including potato potato CHiPs, Happy Days, appreciate Boat, Fantasy Island, Charlie’s Angels, Grease, and Thank God It’s Friday.

Did John request you to end up being the movie or did you volunteer?

I truly don’t discover how we decided i might be within the movie. It simply happened.

Where ended up being the movie filmed?

The part where John is singing the song was shot at a little restaurant/bar in Medora, IN. We additionally filmed “Hurt So Good” here [earlier] that same day.

The 8 mm footage of John and I also had been filmed at and around our home in Bloomington.

All the pictures of John and we growing up were from our collections that are personal.

The length of time ended up being the shoot?

Convincing John to execute another track after he’d simply filmed “Hurt So Good” was literally exhausted.

Just exactly How was it to utilize your then-husband?

I experienced previously worked behind the scenes on a lot of John’s videos so that it failed to appear that different to really make the development to being in a video clip. John is excellent at maintaining imaginative control over all the items he does.

Any funny tales from the shoot?

I happened to be in a position to slip a couple of images from his“Johnny that is early Cougar days. He, nonetheless, would not start to see the humor during the time!

Such a thing make a mistake regarding the shoot?

The sole part that is difficult of the movie together ended up being making the pictures as well as the music get together. So someone arrived up because of the glove that is“white.”

Just exactly What did you think of the movie?

The “Jack & Diane” movie had been a fun way for us to watch John & Vicky [growing] up and being a new couple in love.

Exactly exactly What did your mother and father think about it?

The movie additionally had been a way that is great my loved ones in Ca to feel these were here in Indiana with us. [Of course] no Internet, Twitter, Snapchat, FaceTime, etc., in the days that are olden.

Exactly exactly What did friends and family consider it?

We have heard from a lot of buddies I was raised with this they actually liked seeing it. There’s one picture of me personally with my youth friend, all decked out for the 8th grade banquet (within our homemade infant blue dresses). She ended up being extremely astonished to see by herself.

Did the MTV is watched by you World Premiere regarding the video clip, of course therefore, where and exactly how did that feel?

We had been acquainted with the Betamax machine prepared in order to get the airing that is first. We were both pleased with it—although John is their critic that is harshest. He may have experienced some criticisms.

Did you receive fan mail? If that’s the case, can you still have actually any one of it?

Used to do get some mail from fans of John’s. Probably the most astonishing was although we had been in Japan. Here I became bombarded with fan letters and gift suggestions. [Sherrie Swafford of Steve Perry’s “Oh Sherrie” similarly reported an experience that is positive the Japanese.]

Did the movie generate any debate you are aware of?

There is never ever any controversy that I’m sure of. There clearly was some negative blurb somewhere as soon as concerning the line “dribble off those Bobby Brooks / allow me to do the thing I be sure to.” [Bobby Brooks ended up being a clothes brand name for young feamales in the ‘70s and ‘80s.] Nonetheless it ended up being pretty ridiculous and didn’t get any genuine attention.

exactly What were you compensated?

Were you ever recognized in public places?

Yes. Which includes occurred quite a bit. Less as I have older. I do believe the “funniest” times are whenever an individual over repeatedly tells me “I’m sure you against somewhere” and I don’t assist them in finding out that “somewhere.”


Did you come in other music videos from then on?

I did so come in other videos with John“Rumbleseat” that is including and Town.” “Rooty Toot Toot” (1988) is yet another video that only John and I also had been in.

Did you ever satisfy other women whom had been female leads in a main-stream ‘80s stone video clip?

Through the years we came across a couple of other girl who have been in conventional videos, one being Christie Brinkley.

If you went to university, where and exactly what did you study?

We never went along to university; my training has arrived from life experiences bad and good.

What exactly are you doing these days?

Centering on being truly a grandma. My daughters have wonderful children and also really given me personally a complete outlook that is new life.

Where would you live?

I have already been residing on Hilton Head Island in sc but enjoy planning to the coast that is west go to my other child and her growing household.

He learned you were in this video if you are remarried, what was your future husband’s reaction when?

We have never remarried.

Exactly exactly How numerous children do you’ve got?

John and I also have actually two daughters; they truly are 28 and 33.

What do they believe associated with the video clip?

Recently the girls were asked by me whatever they considered seeing their dad and I also within the videos together in addition they said…

  • “It is fun to see father and mother if they are therefore young.”
  • “It is good to see my moms and dads fun that is having.”
  • We have never showed up at any fan conventions nor would We care to.

    Are you currently in touch with John?

    I’m nevertheless extremely close with John’s family considering the fact that we all share our two children and their children [Vicky’s grandchildren]. John and I also are often merely a telephone call away.

    Whenever had been the final time you had been in contact?

    I last saw John a few years back when a show was done by him in nearby Savannah.

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